Paper 1 Rubric

Criteria

Ratings

Pts

Thesis
Full Marks – The thesis clearly states the article being discussed, as well as the overall focus of the paper. It sets up the student’s argument effectively.15 pts Moderate – The thesis statement is deficient in one of the following ways: it does not clearly state the author & article being discussed, or it does not set up the student’s argument or does not match the focus of the paper8 pts The thesis statement is either missing or so vague as to be useless for guiding the reader through the student’s argument0 pts
15 pts
MLA Format
Full Marks – The paper displays fluency with MLA format regarding headings, page numbers, in-text citations and works cited. There are few to no errors in formatting5 pts The paper does not match MLA formatting in one or more of the following ways: heading content or page numbers are missing, incorrect in-text citations, incorrect works cited page or missing works cited page, inconsistent font or paragraph formatting, incorrect margins, etc.3 pts There are so many errors or omissions in formatting that the formatting is not easily recognized as MLA0 pts
5 pts
Rhetorical Analysis
Full Marks – The paper displays familiarity with the concept of rhetorical analysis and uses appropriate terms and citations to support their argument. Summary is brief and proportional, and sets up the analysis effectively. The opinion of the student on the issue is not expressed. The paper concludes by making an insightful conclusion about the quality of the argument presented in their chosen article30 pts The paper displays some familiarity with the concepts of rhetorical analysis, but either does not effectively use rhetorical terms or is has an abundance of summary. The opinion of the student on the issue is expressed rather than on how the argument is being made. The paper does not take a significant stance on the quality of the argument presented in their chosen article.15 pts The paper exclusively summarizes the article they have chosen, or only provides the student’s opinion on the issue. There is no rhetorical analysis present, and the student does not display any familiarity with rhetorical terms or concepts. This paper fails to meet the terms of the assignment.0 pts
30 pts
Organization
Full Marks – The paper is organized in a coherent manner. Transition sentences are used to connect paragraphs, and the introduction, conclusion and thesis statement tie the paper together.10 pts The paper is reasonably well organized, but could benefit from reorganizingSome paragraphs or separating distinct ideas into separate paragraphs. Transitions are choppy but have been considered. The introduction, conclusion and thesis tie the paper together reasonably well.5 pts Little thought seems to have been given to organization. Paragraphs do not flow in any coherent way, and transitions are absent. Topic sentences do not fit with paragraphs, or multiple ideas are presented in a single paragraph. Substantial reorganization is required to make a coherent argument0 pts
10 pts
Conclusion
Full Marks – The conclusion gives the student’s opinion on the quality of the argument presented in their chosen article NOT on the issue being discussed. The student makes insightful comments on their paper, tying their ideas together coherently20 pts The conclusion gives the student’s opinion on the quality of the argument presented but also gives their opinion on the issue being discussed or otherwise deviates from the purpose of the assignment.10 pts The conclusion is either missing or focuses exclusively on the student’s opinion on the issue being discussed rather than on the quality of the argument being presented0 pts
20 pts
Quote Integration
Full Marks – The student uses relevant and effective quotes from their article to support their analysis. Quotes are introduced effectively and are followed by a thorough analysis/rational for their presence. Parenthetical citations follow MLA style and are present after all quotes15 pts The student uses quotes, but their relevance of effectiveness is not consistently clear. Quotes are not consistently introduced effectively or are not followed by a thorough analysis/rational for their presence. Parenthetical citations are somewhat incorrect or are occasionally absent.8 pts The student either does not use any quotes for supporting evidence, or they are simply dropped in without explanation. Parenthetical citations are severely flawed or are completely absent.0 pts
15 pts
Description of criterion
Full Marks – The student’s paper contains no significant grammatical errors.5 pts The student’s paper contains few grammatical errors but they do not detract from the coherence of the argument nor do they significantly distract the reader3 pts The abundance of grammatical errors makes this paper incomprehensible. The errors detract significantly from the coherence of the argument and significantly distract or baffle the reader0 pts
5 pts
Total Points: 100